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Cinnamon Swirl Doughnut Loaf February 27, 2017

cake

A sweet cakey loaf with a delicious cinnamon swirl, baked and then dipped in lots of butter and coated with cinnamon sugar.

 

Ingredients

 

1/4 cup olive oil

1/4 cup softened butter

1 cup granulated sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups plain flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup buttermilk

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp treacle

For the coating

1/2 cup butter

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1/4 cup dark brown sugar

1 tsp cinnamon

 

Method

 

Preheat oven to  175C/gas 4. Line a loaf tin with parchment paper.

In large bowl, mix oil, butter and sugar until well combined. Stir in eggs and vanilla until smooth. Gently stir in dry ingredients and buttermilk until uniform batter has formed. Scrape sides to ensure no lumps are present. Remove 1/2 cup prepared batter from bowl and place into a separate smaller bowl. To that small amount of batter, stir in cinnamon and treacle.

Pour half of the prepared batter into the bottom of the loaf tin. Spoon half of the cinnamon batter in small dollops over the top the batter. Pour remaining plain batter over the top. Dot the top with remaining cinnamon batter. Using a knife, swirl the two batters together. Bake 50-55 minutes or until toothpick comes out with just a few moist crumbs.

Once baked leave for 10 minutes before removing from the tin.

While the loaf is cooling prepare the coating by melting the butter in a large enough dish to take the loaf.

In a separate, large enough dish, mix the two sugars and the cinnamon.

While the loaf is still warm, dip the sides and top into the melted butter and then into the sugar/cinnamon mix, until fully coated.

This loaf is at it’s best served while still warm.

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3 Peaks Challenge Birthday Cake May 17, 2013

3 Peaks

Happy Birthday Paul!!

Thank’s to this fellow blogger for the recipe I used for the cake…http://andcute.com/

Also thank’s to my daughter, Alice for making the flags 😉

 

Ingredients

 

3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 1/2 cups plain flour

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

3/4 teaspoon salt

2 large eggs, lightly beaten

3/4 cup whole milk + 1 tbsp. vinegar (or buttermilk)

3/4 cup warm strong coffee

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

 

Method

 

Line a 9” by 13”  baking dish with parchment paper, so it hangs over the edges.

Preheat the oven to 180c/gas 4 1/2.

Whisk together the dry ingrdients (flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, salt).

Add wet ingredients (eggs, milk vinegar mix, coffee, vanilla extract) and blend together until well combined, this is quite a runny mixture.

Pour into baking dish. Bake for 25 – 30 minutes.

To make this cake I baked two of these, one for the base and I cut the other one into pieces to build the mountains.

 

I covered the cake with buttercream, also using it to stick the cut pieces of cake together to build the mountains.

 

For the buttercream

 

175g chocolate

225g butter, at room temperature

1 Tbsp cooled, strong coffee

1 tsp vanilla extract

250g icing sugar, sifted

 

Melt the chocolate, carefully in the microwave or in a basin over a pan of hot water, which I find is the safest way. Leave to cool slightly.

In a large bowl beat the butter, coffee, vanilla and icing sugar until smooth.

Add the melted chocolate and beat again until thick and creamy. If it looks too runny to use, simply keep beating – this will thicken the buttercream and improve its consistency.

Once the cake was covered and the mountains put together with the buttercream and covered with buttercream, I coloured a small amount of ready to roll white fondant green and used my garlic press to make the grass.

I rolled more of the white fondant very thinly to make snow for the peaks of the mountains, before placing it onto the mountain peaks I sprayed it with silver shimmer.

 

 

 

 

Orange Drizzle Cake May 6, 2013

Orange Drizzle

This is a great recipe as you can change it into a lemon drizzle, or coffee cake if you like. You can also use plain whole-milk yogurt, vanilla yogurt or buttermilk. You can even throw a handful of bluberries in there if you like. I like to use olive oil but if you prefer vegetable oil that would work just as well.

 

Ingredients

 

1 1/2 cups plain flour

2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

1 cup buttermilk (or plain whole-milk yogurt, or vanilla yogurt)

3/4 cup granulated sugar

3 large eggs

1/2 cup olive oil (or vegatable oil)

1 tsp orange extract

zest from 1 orange

 

Method

 

Preheat oven to 175/gas 4. Grease a springform pan.

In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking powder and salt. If using blueberries, place them in a small bowl and toss with 1 teaspoon of the flour mixture. Set aside.

In another medium bowl combine the buttermilk or yoghurt, sugar, eggs, olive oil, orange extract and zest. Mix well, then add to dry ingredients. Mix until you can’t see any clumps of dry flour.

Pour batter into prepared pan and sprinkle blueberries on top if you’re using them. Bake for 45-55min, until the cake is golden brown and the sides begin to pull away from the pan.  Let cool for 5 minutes before turning out onto a rack to finish cooling.

Once cooled, if you want to, mix 4 Tbsp icing sugar (sieved) with some juice from the orange to make a runny, but not too runny icing to drizzle over the cake. Enjoy with a nice cuppa 🙂

 

Banana and Blueberry Muffins April 21, 2013

Banana-Blueberry Muff

 

Ingredients

 

300g self raising flour

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

100g light brown sugar

50g porridge oats, plus 1 Tbsp for topping

2 medium bananas, the riper the better

284ml buttermilk

5Tbsp olive oil

2 egg whites

150g blueberries

 

Method

 

Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4 and line a 12-hole muffin tin with paper muffin cases. Tip the flour and bicarbonate of soda into a large bowl. Hold back 1 tbsp of the sugar, then mix the remainder with the flour and 50g oats. Make a well in the centre. In a separate bowl, mash the bananas until nearly smooth. Stir the buttermilk, oil and egg whites into the mashed banana until evenly combined.

Pour the liquid mixture into the well and stir quickly and sparingly with a wooden spoon. The mix will look lumpy and may have the odd fleck of flour still visible, but don’t be tempted to over-mix. Tip in the blueberries and give it just one more stir. Divide the mix between the muffin cases – they will be quite full – then sprinkle the tops with the final tbsp of the oats and the rest of he sugar. Bake for 25 – 30 mins until risen and dark golden. Cool for 5 mins in the tray before lifting out onto a rack to cool completely.

Makes 12 – 16 depending on size.

 

 

Feel-Good Muffins April 18, 2013

Feel-Good Muff

This muffin recipe contains fibre-packed prunes and oats – enjoy them without guilt!

 

Ingredients

 

175g self raising flour

50g porridge oats

130g light brown sugar

2 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

1 egg, beaten

150ml buttermilk

1 tsp vanilla extract

6 Tbsp either sunflower or olive oil

175g ready to eat prunes, chopped

85g roughly chopped nuts, of your choice

 

Method

 

Preheat the oven to 200C/gas 6.

Butter muffin tin or line them with muffin cases.

Put the flour, oats, sugar, cinnamon and bicarbonate of soda in a large bowl, then mix well together to make sure all is well combined.

Beat the egg, then stir in the buttermilk, vanilla and oil. Lightly stir the egg mix into the flour.

Fold the prunes and nuts into the mixture.

Divide between the cases, then bake for 20-25 minutes until risen and golden. Serve warm or cold.

Makes 8.

 

Old Fashioned Sugar Plum Cake December 23, 2011

This might just be the most moist cake you ever make.

We, well most of us, know that a prune is a dried plum. Can you imagine the response when telling people you’ve just made the most delicious prune cake? I don’t think they’d be in a hurry to try it, so we’ll stick to the word plum then everyone will be happy to try it and maybe even go on and make their own 😉

Ingredients

2 cups plain flour

1 1/2 cups sugar

3 eggs

1 cup vegetable oil

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp allspice

2 tsp cinnamon

1 cup buttermilk

1 tsp vanilla

1 cup ready to eat prunes, pitted and chopped

1 1/2 cups chopped nuts (I used hazelnuts, but use whatever you have handy)

Sauce

4 oz butter

1 1/2 cups sugar

1/2 tsp soda

2 tsp vanilla

1/2 cup buttermilk

Line a bundt or 9 ins round cake tin with baking parchment.

Preheat the oven to 350F/175C/gas mark 4.

Combine all the cake ingredients in a large mixing bowl.

Beat with an electric mixer until well combined.

Pour into prepared cake tin and bake for one hour.

Just before the cake is done, place all the sauce ingredients into a saucepan.

Bring to the boil, stirring constantly, and continue boiling gently until the sauce is thickened slightly, about two minutes.

Remove cake from the oven, but don’t take it out of the tin.

Poke holes all over the top of the cake with a fork.

Pour hot sauce over the cake.

Allow to stand for about half an hour for the sauce to be absorbed.

You can also add 1 tsp nutmeg if you like to.

Serve to Family and Friends remembering to call it ”Sugar Plum Cake” 😉

Oh and this conversion might help some of you..

1 cup = 227g = 8 oz

Also if you don’t have buttermilk, which is hard to find here in the UK, here is how you can easily make your own in 5 minutes…

milk (just under one cup)

1 Tbsp lemon juice or white vinegar

Place a Tbsp lemon juice or white vinegar in a measuring cup.

Add enough milk to bring the liquid up to the one cup full.

Let it stand for 5 minutes.

There it is, you have your buttermilk!

 

 
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